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By Adele Reinhartz

It is a entire creation to the ways that the Bible has been used and represented in mainstream cinema. Adele Reinhartz considers the pervasive use of the Bible in characteristic movies, and the medium of movie as a part of the Bible’s reception heritage. The e-book examines how motion pictures draw at the outdated and New testomony and the determine of Jesus Christ in a number of direct and oblique how one can improve their plots, characters, and topics. in addition to video clips that set out explicitly to retell biblical tales of their historic context, it

explores the ways that modern, fictional characteristic motion pictures utilize biblical narrative.

Topics lined include:

•how filmmakers utilize scripture to deal with and mirror their very own time and place.
•the Bible as a automobile during which motion pictures can handle social and political matters, mirror human stories and feelings, discover existential concerns similar to evil and demise, and show issues reminiscent of destruction and redemption.
•the position of the Bible as a resource of ethics and morality, and the way this connection is either perpetuated and undermined in a number of modern Hollywood motion pictures.
•films that create an event of transcendence, and the ways that the Bible figures in that experience.

Reinhartz bargains insightful research of diverse movies together with The Ten Commandments and The Shawshank Redemption, being attentive to visible and aural components in addition to plot, personality, and discussion. scholars will locate this a useful advisor to a growing to be field.

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In the movies, however, all is made right by the end, when God answers the repentant and now monotheistic Sheba’s prayers for Solomon’s safety in the face of his ruthless and power-hungry brother Adonijah. The same conflict between idolatry and monotheism is at work in the relationships between Moses and Ramses (The Ten Commandments), Ruth and Mahlon (The Story of Ruth), and Samson and Delilah. In David and Bathsheba, it is not so much idolatry but the loss of faith – atheism, perhaps, or at least a rigid rationalism – that stands between the king and the God of Israel.

1 The grand romance between David and Bathsheba is only one of many epic episodes in the Old Testament. Indeed, the Hebrew scriptures are a veritable treasure trove of material for filmmakers, replete with fierce struggles between superpowers; passionate romance in the upper echelons of society; and stunning displays of superhuman strength. Patriarchs, kings, and warriors with spectacular moral failings act out their lives in the context of the tumultuous relationship between a stubborn nation and its opinionated, powerful, loving, vengeful, and forgiving God, in an ancient and exotic time and place that inspire the creativity of cinematographers and costume designers alike.

17 Bible movies were affected by an important additional factor: declining biblical literacy. 19 Biblical literacy – in the simple sense of familiarity with biblical content – declined in North America and perhaps more broadly in the latter half of the twentieth century. 22 This chapter will describe briefly the conventions that govern the Old Testament film particularly in the epic era, consider how these movies address the social and cultural issues of their time, and finally, reflect on what they tell us about the prevailing understanding of and attitude toward the Bible in Hollywood of the 1950s and 1960s.

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